The Book of Thomas the Contender (TBOTTC)
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John D. Turner

1. The Book of Thomas the Contender 11 (ThCont) is a revelation dialogue, with extended peroration, between the resurrected Jesus and his twin brother Judas Thomas, ostensibly recorded by Mathaias (the apostle Matthew?) and set just before Jesus’ ascension. It is a literary exponent of traditions about the apostle Thomas such as were native to the ascetic Christianity of Syrian Edessa1, traditional resting place of the bones of Thomas, and was probably composed there in the first half of the third century A.D. The present Coptic v…

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“The Book of Thomas the Contender (TBOTTC)”, in: The Coptic Gnostic Library — A Complete Edition of the Nag Hammadi Codices, Editor in Chief: James M. Robinson. Consulted online on 19 January 2019 <>
First published online: 2012

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